Dave Matthews Band’s album covers range from simple and straightforward to complex and abstract, using a variety of mediums including photography, drawing and digital design.
Here are all of the Dave Matthews Band album covers, in chronological order:
Remember Two Things
The cover of Dave Matthews Band’s first album is a stereogram of two fingers giving the peace sign.
Under the Table and Dreaming
The cover of DMB’s major label debut album uses a photograph of the Wave Swinger ride at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
The Crash album cover is one of Dave Matthews Band’s more abstract designs. Some fans have theorized that the white flower visible on the right side of the cover is a reference to producer Steve Lillywhite.
Before These Crowded Streets
The cover of DMB’s studio masterpiece features a time-lapse photograph of a bus driving down a New York street at night, with two interlocking red rings superimposed on top. Legend has it that someone put a wet glass down on a printout of an earlier version of the album cover, inspiring this final design. The rings have since become a common theme in the band’s merchandise.
The first Dave Matthews Band album cover to depict any band member, Everyday captures the entire band dressed in dark clothing, standing on a dock in the winter. Like the music on the album, the photograph presents a stark new image of the band.
The theme of featuring the entire Dave Matthews Band on the album cover continued with Busted Stuff. This cover depicts Stefan Lessard sitting against a wall covered in wheatpaste posters promoting the album. One of the posters shows Boyd Tinsley holding up a photograph of Dave Matthews looking at three up-close portraits of Carter Beauford. The other poster shows LeRoi Moore gazing off into the distance.
Dave Matthews Band went back to basics for the Stand Up album cover, which includes a metallic silver version of its iconic firedancer logo against a black background. A cursive “dmb” rounds out the simple yet extremely popular design.
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
Drawn by Dave Matthews, the Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King cover art depicts a New Orleans jazz funeral in honor of LeRoi Moore, who passed away during the making of the album. The cover also includes several references to songs on the album, such as the polar bear in “Dive In” and the alien in “Time Bomb.”
Away From the World
The second consecutive Dave Matthews Band album cover art drawn by Dave Matthews, Away From the World is a visual representation of the lyric, “Sittin’ in a box, away from the world up there” from the song “The Riff.”
The Come Tomorrow album cover was created by papercutting artist Béatrice Coron.
Walk Around the Moon
The new Dave Matthews Band album comes out May 19, 2023.